Articles by Ismail Muhammad

March 28, 2017

Thinking Another Person’s Thoughts: The Millions Interviews Brit Bennett 3

I’ve had young black women tell me that this is the first book they’ve encountered that portrayed young black women with emotional depth. I’m glad people are responding that way, but that also makes me deeply sad.

December 17, 2016

A Year in Reading: Ismail Muhammad 0

This is the kind of writing that reorganizes thought patterns and social relations.

October 25, 2016

Pressing Closer: On Brit Bennett’s ‘The Mothers’ 0

Bennett’s characters struggle to know one another while navigating a morass of regret, bitterness, and desire; the result is a drama of feeling that explores how trauma shapes the contours of our lives and delineates the limits to our intimacy.

October 4, 2016

Frank Ocean and the Black Male Body 0

Frank Ocean asserts the elasticity of black maleness.